On top of brewing the best-selling IPA in California, Lagunitas produces a handful of seasonal beers that any serious beer drinker should know. Today we sat down with Brown Shugga', a high ABV ale that will only be available for limited time.

Once poured, the head evaporates away quickly, leaving a thin scrim atop the caramel colored liquid. The brown sugar so fiercely touted on the bottle sweetens the smell; Brown Shugga's aroma is vaguely spicy, like a fruit and nut cake. The taste is pleasantly hoppy and despite a near 10% ABV, the alcohol doesn't come across too loudly. The beer finishes smooth, the only lingering flavor a mild sweetness. Brown Shugga' is practically a dessert beer. Drop in a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream and you'd have an excellent float.

Brown Shugga'
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Petaluma, Calif.